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Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain

Sanders, Jürn; Zanoli, Raffaele; Gambelli, Danilo; Padel, Susanne; Orsini, Stefano; Stolze, Matthias; Lernoud, Julia and Willer, Helga (2016) Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain. European Commission, B-1049 Brussels.

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Document available online at: https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/external-studies/2016-organic-food-chain_de


Over the last decade the organic market in the EU has grown faster than the organic agricultural area, which raises the question to what extent organic supply chains function effectively. Therefore, this study investigated the creation and distribution of added value in a number of organic supply chains in different EU countries. The results of the case studies suggest that higher added value is created in organic compared to conventional supply chains. However, no evidence was found that the relative share of organic farmers in the total added value differs substantially from that of conventional farmers. Also in organic food supply chains farmers capture a relative small proportion of added value. This can partly be explained by similarities of organic with conventional supply chains. It appears that the distribution of added value strongly depends on the structure and characteristics of the specific supply chain, such as level of chain integration and power relations between market players. No common patterns were identified regarding the impact of different types of retails and markets on the creation and distribution of added value. Investments in quality aspects, increased consumer interest in organic food, differentiation of products as well as efficiency in supply chain management are all relevant factors that contribute to higher added value.

EPrint Type:Book
Keywords:added value, agri-foodstuffs, agricultural situation, consumer motivation, farm accountancy data network, fruit, milk, organic farming, organic product, supply
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Rural sociology
European Union
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Farm Economics - BW
Italy > Univ. Politecnica delle Marche (prev. Univ. Ancona)
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Deposited By: Stolze, Dr. Matthias
ID Code:31990
Deposited On:20 Jul 2017 12:19
Last Modified:16 Mar 2022 14:54
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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